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Levittown

Suburbia was arguably born in Levittown, N.Y., between 1948 and 1951, when real estate developer William saw a need -- affordable housing for returning World War II vets and their young families -- and built a solution -- more than 17,000 middle-income homes that basically looked alike.
These "little boxes," as mentioned in the Malvina Reynolds song, were row after row of two-bedroom Cape Cod and ranch homes, which originally rented for $60 a month, and later sold for $7,900. Add a patio, grill and 2.5 children, and the suburban lifestyle was born.

Levittown was so synonymous with the good life that regular folks could achieve, that it was the subject of books, magazine articles, documentaries and even musical comedy lyrics.

Today, Levittown is still a thriving middle income community, whose median income is about $80,000 per household. The houses have been renovated, reconfigured, and had their tops popped so that many have a unique look and feel.

Levittown now boasts one professional and three volunteer fire departments, the New York Chiropractic College, and the Island Trees school district, which received national attention in 1982 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld students' first amendment rights after the school board banned some books from the high school library.

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